Eight years ago today, I changed my life.
Like most life-changing days, it was a day that started like any other.
I walked into the New York Sports Club on Wall Street to meet with my trainer. Weâ€™d had a few sessions before, and he wasâ€¦fine.
But on this particular day, he didnâ€™t show up. I was disappointed and dejected. After so many false starts, I was trying so hard to really make a change in my life and payingÂ this man to help, and he still couldnâ€™t show up â€” literally and figuratively. I sat, dejected, waiting for him, until a trainer named Joel walked over to me. â€œHey, I see your trainer didnâ€™t show up. I have another client right now but Iâ€™d love to train you. If you two work out together right now, Iâ€™ll give you a free session.”
He gave us a great session, and of course, by the end of that hour, I was telling Joel I wanted to work out with him instead. I could tell, it was more than a job for him. He really believed in his clients and wanted to help empower them to change their lives. Which is exactly what I needed at the time.
At the time, I weighed in at 189. My high school best friend, Mary Beth, was getting married in Aruba that summer, and I was fed up with being the fat one. Butâ€¦how much weight did I have to lose? Likeâ€¦30 pounds? Joel said he thought I needed to lose 50 â€” and more importantly â€” that he thought I could.Â
I showed up, and I put in the work, despite feeling embarassed at being overweight and struggling through exercises that were surely easy for everyone else. I embraced the crazy nutrition guidelines he gave me.
And quickly, the weight started coming off. By Mary Bethâ€™s wedding in August, Iâ€™d lost 35 pounds.
By March 2010, Iâ€™d lost my 50 pounds.
But even though I am so proud of those accomplishments, Iâ€™m even more proud of what getting healthy has taught me.
Itâ€™s taught me that the people I include in my life are as important as the kale I put in my body, the weights I lift or the miles I run.
Iâ€™m so glad I walked into that gym eight years ago and met Joel â€” it truly altered the course of my life. If youâ€™re where I was eight years ago on any level, I want you to know itâ€™s possible. You really do have it within you.